Two of America’s cyclocross series combine for a two-day throwdown in the Hamptons this weekend. The two-day Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup is part the MAC Series and is the finale of the North American Cyclocross Trophy (NACT) series.
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Ottawa’s Natasha Elliott (Garneau-Club Chaussures) has only competed in half of the NACT events so far but she’s won every one of them to give her the lead coming into the NACT Finals. She has a 95-point advantage on Sue Butler (Monavie-Cannondale) and 110 points on Alison Dunlap (Luna), and needs only a third-place finish at either of the races to clinch the $1,500 champion’s bonus.
Elliott was not feeling well last weekend and pulled out of both races at the USGP Mercer Cup. However, neither Butler nor Dunlap nor her Luna teammates are on the list of pre-registered riders. Amy Dombroski (Schlamm) seems poised to move up in the NACT overall standings to maybe get her hands on some of the bonus money as an additional $1,500 will be split between the second and third place finisher in the NACT standings. Also showing up is Kelli Emmett (Giant MTB Team) and Lyne Bessette (October Factory Racing) and Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes).
The MAC race is much tighter as Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing/Seven) only has a slim lead ahead of a pair from C3 Athletes, Laura Van Gilder is a 10 points back and Dee Dee Winfield is 20 points down. Again, Bruno-Roy is not pre-registered but Van Gilder is.
Only 20 riders have pre-registered for the Elite Women’s race, surprising given that promoter Myles Romanow has confirmed that both Men and Women will compete for identical $2,171 purses. It must be noted that only 33 men have registered for the Elite Men’s race.
The NACT Elite Men’s points battle is tighter with more men having attended more races. Tim Johnson of Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld.com needs only a pair of fourth-place finishes to win the title and take home the $2,000 bonus for winning the series championship.
The race seemed poised for a 3-way cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com battle as his closest competitors are his teammates, Jeremy Powers and Jamey Driscoll. But not so fast, as US Cross National Champ and Johnson’s perennial adversary Ryan Trebon (KONA) will be present and going for a win. Other riders that have pre-registered include Adam Craig and Carl Decker of Team Giant who are still hunting for UCI points, Chris Jones (Champion Systems) who came close to a podium last weekend, Joachim Parbo (CCV Leopard) and Derrick St John (Garneau Club Chaussures).
And let’s not forget Swiss Sensation Valentin Scherz (Scott-ProCycles-Newwork) who is leading the MAC point standings. With second-place in the MAC overall standings Adam Myerson (Cycle-smart) not racing in Long Island this weekend, Scherz will be looking to increase his slim lead.
With the US Cross National Championships coming up in less than one month, the racing should be hot as the riders test their form and each other on one of the last weekends before the big race. Speaking of hot, after rain this morning, the predictions now call for sunny and highs in the mid-50s for both days.
The Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup takes place at Southampton Youth Services’ massive park and athletic facility on the eastern end of Long Island. The racing starts at 10am on Saturday with the Elite Women scheduled at 2pm followed by the Elite/U23 Men at 3pm. On Sunday, the Elite Women go off at 1:30pm followed by the Men at 2:30pm.
View list of pre-registered riders.